Anyone been induced 1st time around and then gone into labour by themselves 2nd time around? Pls give me some hope!

(49 Posts)
sw11mumofone Tue 05-Mar-13 10:08:09

I'm five days overdue and will be induced this time next week if nothing happens. I was induced with DD1 at 42+2. There was no way she was coming out by herself. And had a pretty horrible birth too. This time feels a bit different. Had one sweep on Thursday and lost mucous plug in the few days that followed. Due another one today or tomorrow. Getting the odd few braxton hicks and period pains, but not much.
Desperate not to be induced again. Did all the things they recommend last time but to no avail.
Has anyone been really late and induced with DC1 and then gone into spontaneous labour the second time around? If I'm not seeing any signs by now do you think I need to resign myself to another induction in a week's time. Starting to feel a bit desperate.

Yes I was induced first time and went into labour 7 hours before I was due to be induced the second time, I was a week overdue. My next baby was then 2 weeks early and I was totally unprepared.

sw11mumofone Tue 05-Mar-13 10:15:57

Thanks Missy. Thats encouraging. 7 hours prior to induction - that was cutting it fine! I'd take it though!!!

Oscarandelliesmum Tue 05-Mar-13 10:16:57

Hi, poor you. All three of my babies were "womb clingers" too. Was induced with one and three but number two arrived spontaneously at 41 +5 , just beat the induction and got my home birth. I have had 19 sweeps now and am dubious(!)
but the micas plug is a good sign and happened for me too. Good luck!! Induction sucks, rough on us and babies.

I spent the whole day wearing myself out because I knew I would be too excited to sleep then as soon as my head hit the pillow my waters broke and I had a whopping great contraction grin typical.

Oscarandelliesmum Tue 05-Mar-13 10:19:53

Mucas, sorry.grin

Yohoahoy Tue 05-Mar-13 10:21:15

Yes, ds was very clingy and was not coming out without a fight - very long labour, and thought they'd have to send in a rescue squad!

dd was a week late and I was really thinking another induction was on the cards, but she ended up whizzing (almost literally!) into the world about 2 hours after labour fully started.

Fingers crossed your second is keener to make an entrance! smile

Blowninonabreeze Tue 05-Mar-13 10:24:35

Providing hope here.....
Dd1 term +10 induction due to suspected IUGR

Dd2 I convinced was going the same way, eventually spontaneous labour at term +8

Now pregnant with number 3 and anticipating another well overdue baby. But hopeful for spontaneous labour again

sw11mumofone Tue 05-Mar-13 10:31:13

Thanks everyone. Need to focus on these positive stories. Think I will have the next sweep just in case it helps, although the last one left me in considerable discomfort!
Appreciate you all taking the time to share your stories.

SayCoolNowSayWhip Tue 05-Mar-13 12:36:54

19 sweeps!shockconfused

Flisspaps Tue 05-Mar-13 12:46:33

I did.

DD was an induction at 40+15 and DS was spontaneous labour at 40+11 (40+1 by my reckoning though)

You do know you don't have to accept induction, don't you, and that you can request expectant management - the risks and benefits of either course of action should be explained to you by your midwife.

artifarti Tue 05-Mar-13 12:49:15

DS1, induced at 40+14 and ended with an EMCS. Also a horrid labour. Tried everything including two sweeps but nothing would shift him.

DS2 arrived of his own accord at 40+13, three hours before scheduled ELCS! Four hour labour, couldn't believe it! I couldn't be bothered with any of the pineapple-eating whilst shagging on a ball nonsense but I did have two sweeps. Also, like you, I lost my mucous plug with DS2 a couple of days before.

Presumably with your first birth, you dilated to 10cm? That's a good sign for your body knowing what to do the second time around.

Hang on in there! Good luck.

sw11mumofone Tue 05-Mar-13 14:07:30

Flisspaps - thanks, yes I did know about being able to refuse induction. But to be honest with you having to go in for constant monitoring whilst trying to find childcare all the time would be a pain. Plus I did that last time and still nothing. Plus because of my age they don't want me to go over 40+12. I also think by next tuesday i'll be desperate to get this baby out!!

Artifarti - Yes I'm with you - all these vindaloos and pineapple and long walks and bouncing on a ball are getting to me. Tbh I'd rather be induced than have sex right now I'm so uncomfortable after the sweeps. And yes I did dilate to 10cm the first time with the drip and had a ventouse delivery. Midwife did say that my cervix is favourable and that she could get 2 fingers in (Nice!!!!) but hasn't really changed since my last sweep on friday.

Suppose I just have to sit tight and hope!

artifarti Tue 05-Mar-13 14:48:13

From your username, sounds like you might be at the same hospital as me. Must be a good omen for baby#2 wink Go and put your feet up.

sw11mumofone Tue 05-Mar-13 17:46:00

Thanks artifarti - I don't need telling twice to sit and put my feet up. If it worked for you I'll take the advice! :-)

Longfufu Tue 05-Mar-13 18:50:00

Good luck, you can refuse an induction. X

narmada Tue 05-Mar-13 19:55:28

Me- induction with DC1 at 39 wks, hideous birth.

DC2, spontaneous easy birth at 40+2. So different to induction with drip - and SO much nicer.

sw11mumofone Tue 05-Mar-13 20:36:57

Narmada - that's a nice story! My drip induction was so bad I actually have blocked the majority of the memory of it out of my mind. Bit worried it will all come flooding back with that first contraction!! But hoping the 2nd will be easier especially if I can do it by myself!

narmada Tue 05-Mar-13 21:07:31

Same here re blocking it out. Honestly, if you do have a spontaneous delivery this time you will very probably have a damascene moment - 'ohhhhhhh, this is what it's supposed to be like' kind of thing.

You have a big advantage this time round. You have done it the hardest way already and are expecting the worst. Normal labour will pleasantly surprise you on all likelihood. Plus, you know this time around that it really will end and you're not actually going to expire, which is what I thought first time around....

narmada Tue 05-Mar-13 21:10:47

Just don't do what I did and refuse, based on previous experience of labour, to believe you are in labour when you really are.

I was expecting to be sent home from delivery suite but internal revealed I was in fact fully dilated. I found it hard to believe based on those poxy contractions!

sw11mumofone Tue 05-Mar-13 21:21:15

Wow that sounds amazing. Cant believe you were 10cm dilated and didn't even think you were in labour. I actually wish I could remember how hideous the pain was because then maybe this time it wouldn't seem so bad! So in a way I hope some memories do come back.
I'm so desperate not to be induced again. This is my last DC so will be devastated if I have to go in and go through that induction process again next Tuesday.
And you're right - I'm not sure I will know if i'm going into labour because I don't know what it feels like to do it spontaneously!!!

Yes, on the day of induction. DS was born 40 minutes later. Good luck!

narmada Tue 05-Mar-13 21:31:37

As a PP has said, you could always consider expectant monitoring rather than induction. I feel for you, I would have done anything to avoid the dreaded drip again.

Things are in your favour this Tim - no guarantees but your body's laboured before.....

If you are worried about not recognising labour, well, if you are having regular ctx that make you stop what you are doing and zone out, then it is probably labour - doesn't need to be 'I would saw my own leg off without anasthetic if it would end now' type pain. I did make it to hospital with an hour to spare in the end ;)

narmada Tue 05-Mar-13 21:32:29

This time....

changeforthebetter Tue 05-Mar-13 21:33:37

Yes, DD1 induced. Horrid birth for her and me. DD2 came in her own sweet time when she was ready. It was a lovely birth in a still-hurt-like-fuck way grin Tbh DD1 did have to be induced because of IUGR. There were no such issues with chubster DD2 grin

Meloncita Tue 05-Mar-13 21:47:27

Another yes, DC2 10 days late, 2 days before induction. Amazingly easy and straightforward delivery after the horrendous complications brought on by induction of DC1.

It may just be coincidence but I used clary sage essential oil which was recommended by a reflexologist I saw. I was unable to have any sweeps as my cervix was still posterior but I put some clary sage in the bath and then put some drops on a damp facecloth and laid it on my tummy whilst watching TV in bed. Next morning had a show and gave birth that night. Good luck!!

IwishIwasmoreorganised Tue 05-Mar-13 21:50:28

I was induced with ds1 at 42+5 with ds1' ds2 arrives of his own accord on his EDD!

Good luck OP


olivertheoctopus Tue 05-Mar-13 21:54:25

Yep. Induced with DS1 at 41+3 (could've waited til 41+6 but didn't know better at the time and just wanted over with) and it was hideous (30ish hrs, epidural, ventouse, grade 3 mec, NICU, SCBU, retained placenta). AWFUL. DS2 arrived of his own accord 10 mins after walking into delivery room at 40+4 after about 2/3 hours labour. Don't lose heart. I will NOT be induced with this one, I will be difficult if necess, hopefully it won't be.

sw11mumofone Tue 05-Mar-13 21:58:10

Thanks for the continued positive stories. They are making me feel like it could just happen.

Narmada - your posts are really making me laugh. Might have to pm you when I do start getting those "i would saw my own leg off without anaesthetic if it would end now" type contractions so you can tell me how the hell you got through them and then call them "poxy"!!!

sw11mumofone Tue 05-Mar-13 22:01:08

Might also have to look into the Clary sage oil....

fertilityagogo Tue 05-Mar-13 22:02:46

Another one here! Induced for DC 1 at 42 weeks.

DC2 arrived in a big hurry at 40+6.

I swear by acupuncture/acupressure for this, give it a try? (And generally I'm not really an 'acupuncture type' person!!)

Good luck

SunnyUpNorth Wed 06-Mar-13 08:29:04

Another here!

Dd induced at 40+14 after 5 sweeps and trying every trick in the book. Had a horrible time which I too have mostly blocked out. She eventually arrived by emcs at 40+16 as I only got to 3cm.

Ds is now 9 weeks old. I was booked in for an ELCS at 40+7 as I refused to go through induction again. Went into labour the night before and he was born two days later. Was a much, much better experience and recovery. He is also a much easier baby and I wonder how much if that is down to a simpler birth.

I did have to have syntocinon again briefly as things slowed down for a few hours around 5cm but I had an epidural by then and only needed to kick start the contraction again so it was fine.

I didn't bother with any sweeps, pineapples, raspberry leaf tea etc this time I just resigned myself to 'what will be will be' and it worked!

Good luck.

Hopskipper Sat 09-Mar-13 11:15:34

Yes! Induced with first - second - totally by myself x

Me too. Induced on due date first time. 1 week over second time. Was going in that morning for a final sweep before they booked me in for induction. Bumped into the mw from MATAU on the way into delivery so was able to tell her I wouldn't be in for my sweep grin

Induced 40+15 for dd1.
Spontaneous births for dd2 at 40+4 and dd3 40+7.

Dearly hope your labour gets going soon, can identify with how you're feeling now. Good luck OP.

Two weeks over with ds and two weeks early with dd.
Massive surprise with dd I can tell you but on the day she came I had what I thought were braxton hicks all day and my c section scar was really sore. My waters broke while i was having tea and I had another emcs.

squidkid Sun 10-Mar-13 08:10:51

You haven't posted in 5 days!! I hope that means... you know! xx

sw11mumofone Sun 10-Mar-13 09:46:43

Hi. Squidkid its not for the reason you think. I had a final sweep on thursday and that afternoon things seemed to kick off. Was pacing around with my tens machine chuffed to bits. Then suddenly started to feel really ill. To cut a v long story short I was told to get to hospital where they have done loads of tests which im still awaiting the results of. Am on a drip for iv antibiotics and they are guessing at the moment it could be swine flu! So im having a lovely time shaking with fever whilst still contracting and praying this baby stays put till i have the energy to push it out!!

squidkid Sun 10-Mar-13 10:17:33

Oh man. So sorry to hear that. Hope they're taking good care of you. Rest as much as you can with nurses taking your blood pressure in the middle of the night...

narmada Sun 10-Mar-13 10:34:02

Oh no. You poor thing sad . Hope you and baby ok.

narmada Sun 10-Mar-13 10:48:53

Are you on antivirals eg relenza?

sw11mumofone Sun 10-Mar-13 15:06:50

Im worried about the baby in case the infection has crossed over. but it seems to be ok as far as they can tell. The care has been very good so far. The plan at the moment is still to induce me on tuesday. Contractions have slowed right down. Apparently your body is very good at dealing with one problem at a time.
Im taking tamiflu and antibiotics till they know what it is.
Just terrified of giving birth with this little energy. Nearly passed out earlier just standing in the shower!

artifarti Sun 10-Mar-13 15:11:48

Thinking of you sw11 and sending you lots of love and luck for Tuesday. The body is an amazing thing and will do what it needs to do. Rest up and let us know how you get on. x

EeyoresGloomyPlace Sun 10-Mar-13 15:17:47

Dd1 was induced at 15 days late, I hadn't even had a twinge before so God only knows when she'd have turned up otherwise. It was a pretty horrible experience so I was feeling the same as you when expecting dd2.

Dd2 went 13 days over but I did feel more 'ready' and at each of three sweeps I was slightly more dilated, also had a show which I didn't first time round.

Anyway I did have to go in for induction but all they did was break my waters as I was 3cm when I got in and having mild contractions, after waters were broken she was born within a coupe of hours, lovely natural labour in the birth pool.

Don't despair, I got really miserable waiting on the ward for my 2nd induction thinking well that's it times run out, I could have kissed the midwife when she said I was already starting and off I could pop to the birth centre grin

I tried reflexology second time round, no way of proving if it helped or not but was relaxing all the same!

Good luck!

EeyoresGloomyPlace Sun 10-Mar-13 15:23:08

Oh gosh just read up thread, hope things are ok sw11 and you get your strength back very soon. thanks

sw11mumofone Sun 10-Mar-13 17:11:37

Thank you everyone. I appreciate all the kind wishes. I will update back here with news next week x

artifarti Tue 12-Mar-13 10:40:29

Hope you are feeling better and that if you are induced today, all goes well. A newborn baby, how exciting smile

sw11mumofone Tue 19-Mar-13 18:35:07

Just an update as promised - sorry it has taken me a while to get back. I was induced last Tuesday as planned, despite having very little energy and still being quite ill. And despite all the positive stories above regarding second inductions, mine was still as long and arduous as the first one!
However, 2 days later on Thursday last week I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. And the second horrible induction has already disappeared from my memory! I am sitting here typing this with him fast asleep on me. Worth every second of the long labour.
Thanks again for all the positive stories. Good luck to all of you still pregnant.

narmada Tue 19-Mar-13 19:53:06

So glad your lovely boy arrived safe and sound, here's to forgettimg hideous induction number two. What a shame it had to be that way, but no matter, he's here now and I bet you won't be doing that again in a hurry grin

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